Buckley's Chance - Adam Courtenay
Adam Courtenay, son of famous author Bryce Courtenay, explores the story of William Buckley in his second non-fiction book The Ghost and The Bounty Hunter. An escaped convict who lived with the Wadawurrung tribe in western Victoria for 32 years, Buckley learnt his adopted tribe's language, skills and methods of survival. Colonists finally caught up with Buckley in 1835, the same year the former bounty hunter John Batman arrived in the area, looking to acquire the rolling grasslands around the bay. What happened next saw the Wadawurrung betrayed and Buckley eventually broken.
Adam Courtenay is a Sydney-based writer and journalist who has had a long career in the UK and Australia, writing for papers such as the Financial Times, the Sunday Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Australian Financial Review. His previous book was The Ship That Never Was.
Friday 15 May
6.00pm – 8.00 pm
Bread and Water Cafe